All things must come to an end?-Mark 13

Jesus was not only preparing his guys, he was aso preparing the Church for the end.  So many things must happen for his return.  When we read through the chapter, we can be excited to think God may return soon.  The key for the disciples and for us at this year-end is to be ready.  We have to live like he is coming back and coming soon.  What that means is that we cannot hold on too tight to the things of this world.  We have to be willing to let Go of the things that control us and allow the Lord to control our Journey.  When we do, whether he returns tomorrow or long after we die, we will be full and ready for an eternity with him. 

The world lives as if this is all we Got, but we, as his followers, should live as if this is the part we lay on the altar. If we can, we then can enjoy the things he provides but hope on the things that are eternal—help me Lord to live as if I you were coming soon.

God Bless You

As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

“You must be on your guard.

Matthew 16 final–What Disciples are Carrying This Spring

Jesus the rock star was now Jesus the loving leader.  It would have been easy to simply leave the hard stuff out. People really enjoyed the free meals and the miracles.  The teaching was awesome, and the way he continued to make fools of the religious leaders was a sight to behold.  But—that simply was not the purpose for the visit.  Jesus came to restore the relationship destroyed by man’s sin and sinful nature.  That was a singular act of sacrifice.  This was the tipping point and probably the hardest time for Jesus—That is why the statement to Peter was so poignant—While directed at this lovable fisherman, Jesus was calling out from anguish—Satan actually did not mind rock star Jesus as much as he minded this leader that was about to change the world.

Today’s church struggles similarly—Technology makes worship quite a show.  The internet has made multimedia messages power packed with active animation, film clips and meaningful video to accentuate the heartfelt message delivered from the stage.  The show is great, the crowds large the message delivered worldwide.  But—it is so tempting to leave out the hard stuff.  There is so much need for messages of hope and promise that we hesitate to dwell for any period on holiness, stewardship and selflessness. We would not want to drive away seekers.  Sadly, that is not the purpose for the journey.  Jesus said it best”, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

We are here to live like we are simply passing through—the meaningful parts are 1. the legacy we leave behind and 2. the people we bring along’.

Help me, Lord to live like I am a real disciple!

God Bless You

 

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”